Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Play ‘Black Panther’ Love Interest

Oscar winner would star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Ryan Coogler’s Marvel standalone

Last Updated: May 12, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

Lupita Nyong’o is circling Black Panther’s lair.

The Academy Award winner is in early talks to the play love interest of Chadwick Boseman‘s Marvel character T’Challa, an individual familiar with the discussions told TheWrap.

The superhero, introduced in the current hit “Captain America: Civil War,” will see a solo outing from director Ryan Coogler on July 6, 2018.

Boseman impressed in his first outing as king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, and proved a force to be reckoned with for the likes of Chris Evans‘ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man.

Details about Nyong’o’s potential character are currently unknown.

Nyong’o earned a Tony nomination for her critically acclaimed turn on Broadway in the drama “Eclipsed,” which is scheduled to run through June 19.

She’s currently a featured voice in Disney’s live-action hit “The Jungle Book,” and appeared in December’s record-smashing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Nyong’o is repped by CAA.